curt

adjective \ ˈkərt \

Definition of curt

1 a :sparing of words :terse
  • wrote curt precise sentences
b :marked by rude or peremptory (see peremptory 3) shortness :brusque
  • a curt refusal
  • In a curt voice, he ordered the server to bring him a glass of water.
2 :shortened in linear dimension

curtly

adverb

curtness

noun

Examples of curt in a Sentence

  1. He gave only a curt reply to the question.

  2. she was offended by the curt reply to her well-meaning question

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Origin and Etymology of curt

Latin curtus mutilated, curtailed — more at shear

Synonym Discussion of curt

bluff, blunt, brusque, curt, crusty, gruff mean abrupt and unceremonious in speech and manner. bluff connotes good-natured outspokenness and unconventionality.
    • a bluff manner
blunt suggests directness of expression in disregard of others' feelings.
    • a blunt appraisal
brusque applies to a sharpness or ungraciousness.
    • a brusque response
curt implies disconcerting shortness or rude conciseness.
    • a curt command
crusty suggests a harsh or surly manner sometimes concealing an inner kindliness.
    • a crusty exterior
gruff suggests a hoarse or husky speech which may imply bad temper but more often implies embarrassment or shyness.
    • puts on a gruff pose

CURT Defined for English Language Learners

curt

adjective

Definition of curt for English Language Learners

  • : said or done in a quick and impolite way


CURT Defined for Kids

curt

adjective \ ˈkərt \

Definition of curt for Students

curter; curtest
:rudely brief in language
  • a curt answer

curtly

adverb


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